Lynn Naomi (Gavin) McGranahan
November 21, 1976 – July 2, 2019
Lynn Naomi McGranahan (Gavin), age 42, passed peacefully on July 2nd, 2019 while the sun rose in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She led a life of education and service. Providing for others - selflessly, tirelessly, and with a vigor to share her vast knowledge and kindness - she did it with absolutely no expectation of recognition. Making a positive impact on people’s lives was her reward.
She loved to travel and see new places. She loved being in nature, and would often find beauty in all details of life. She always overruled any negative situation with a positive outlook, and she could appreciate all people and all walks of life.
Lynn treated friends as if they were family, and all were welcomed into her home and her life with open arms. Always taking care of everyone around her, she happily put the needs of family and friends ahead of her own.
Lynn was born to Michael Patrick Gavin and Donna Lee Gavin (Hoffman) in Rochester, NY on November 21st, 1976. She graduated from Leroy High School in 1995, and began her studies in elementary education, eventually graduating from James Madison University in the College of Education with a Bachelor of Science degree in Individualized Studies in 2010.
She met her husband Mark working at Dexter Shoes in 1996. After working in the retail business for two years, she decided to stay at home to raise her two girls. She never expected to be a stay-at-home mother, but the role suited her well, as a budding educator in early childhood development. Allison Taylor was born in March of 1998, and Jacinth Morgan was born in December of 1999. Lynn and Mark moved their young family from Rochester to Lake George, NY, then to Lancaster, PA, and eventually to Harrisonburg, VA in 2006. Lynn worked in the Harrisonburg City Public Schools, realizing her goal to touch young minds, teaching at the pre-school level. She did so until 2018.
Left to honor Lynn and remember her love are her husband Mark McGranahan, two daughters Jacinth McGranahan and Allison McGranahan, her mother Donna Gavin, brother Thomas (and wife Karen) Gavin with nieces Brenna and Olivia, and nephew Michael, sister Kathleen Gavin with nephew Dylan and niece Ada, and sister Eileen Gavin with nephew Maxwell. She is also survived by a loving extended family and innumerable friends, most of which she would consider family as well.
A party to celebrate her life will be arranged at a later date for all who would like to attend.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that everyone consider donating to the newly established Lynn McGranahan Memorial Scholarship, annually awarded to a Harrisonburg High School Blue Streak Band member with Lynn’s similar values of service and generosity.
For more information, and to contribute, visit this link...
https://harrisonburg.k12.va.us/hhs/Department/74-HHS%20Bands or mail contributions to... HHS Band Boosters c/o Kim Haines, Treasurer 16 Laurel Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801
- A Party To Celebrate Her Life Will Be Held At A Later Date
Lynn Naomi (Gavin) McGranahan
July 16, 2019
My heart is broken. Lynn was one of my very favorite people. We spent many happy hours sewing costumes for musicals and uniforms for band. I will carefully cherish my very fond memories of her willing spirit, her down-to-earth friendliness, and her quick smile. She will be fiercely missed. She loved to talk about her daughters, and was very proud of them both. I will be praying for her family.
July 11, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. I met her at HHS 5 years ago. We were band moms together. She was the absolute sweetest lady you could ever meet. She was always smiling and cheerful no matter what. She will be missed
July 11, 2019
I am very sorry to hear about Lynn. I worked with Lynn breifly at Elon Rhodes. She was dedicated to the children and worked so well with them.
My thoughts are with all of Lynn's family during this time.
July 5, 2019
I only knew Lynn for a few months but her spirit and smile were so bright and brilliant. Lynn had an amazing inner strength that I was awed by. She had so much love for people in her life. The time I saw her last, her husband was walking away to get the car, Lynn said "19 years is not enough time with that man". She was so earnest and open, I will never forget her.
July 4, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful life-filled woman - she is gone far too soon! I first met Lynn at Harrisonburg High School. Our daughters were involved in either band or drama together (maybe both). I would see her at meetings and performances and she was always quick with a smile, quick to make eye contact and connect, always willing to contribute. She had a say-it-like-it-is sass that I appreciated. I remember her as a loving mother and wife , as someone who chose to participate and contribute rather than live her life on the sidelines. She was an wonderful woman and I and my family mourn your loss. Blessings to you all.
Michele Cavoto (Francis & Rachel, too)